Switch it up a little bit this Valentine’s Day, and make a savory treat like this Caprese Salad for your sweetheart!
I love Caprese-Style anything, and you can see that a lot in my meal plans – especially in the summer months, when tomatoes are at their freshest. When I was planning for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to include a caprese salad somewhere, and as I was cutting everything else into heart shapes, I thought, why not put a Valentine’s Day spin on Caprese Salad, and cut the mozzarella into hearts.
This recipe couldn’t be easier, and all the scraps of mozzarella from cutting the slices into hearts can be used to make easy after school snacks or easy dinners that the kids can make for you, like English Muffin Pizzas!
To make Caprese Salad, simply slice fresh tomatoes, and layer them with sliced fresh mozzarella and basil, and then season it all with salt and pepper and drizzle some good balsamic vinegar. That’s it. From start to finish, it can be ready in under 10 minutes (if you prepare the glaze ahead of time). My kinda meal. The sweet balsamic vinegar glaze that you make takes this salad to the next level. Yum!
Valentine’s Day Caprese Salad
3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/2″ thick
1, 16 oz log sliced fresh mozzarella
1, 2.5 oz pkg basil
1.5 cups good balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
Using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut mozzarella slices into heart shapes. Save scraps to snack on later or for other recipes that require shredded mozzarella.
In a shallow casserole dish, or in a deep rectangle plate, arrange slices of tomatoes, mozzarella hearts and basil vertically, in an alternating pattern until dish is filled.
Meanwhile, in a small pot over medium-high heat, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook balsamic vinegar for 20 minutes until it has reduced by about half and thickened. Remove from heat and let cool in fridge. Bring to room temperature before using.
Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the salad.
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